Graduate Programs

Also known as Master’s & Commander, this degree combines two great programs to offer you a career path with wide-ranging possibilities. Earn a master’s degree in Maritime Management plus the potential to receive your U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Mate Less Than 200 Gross Tons, Near Coastal or Inland license. You will complete our online Master of Science in Maritime Management program while simultaneously spending two years on campus enrolled in our undergraduate Small Vessel Operations (SVO) program.

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What is International Logistics Management?

International logistics involves the process of planning and managing the movement of goods and products in a company’s supply chain from one point to another — across at least one international border — until reaching the consumer. Logistics and supply chain management is a critical function of any company and is inherently challenging in a global economy.

What Is Small Vessel Operations?

Small vessel operations is an important part of maritime traffic supervision and management. As a small vessel operator, you’ll be responsible for the operation and management of a variety of private and commercial vessels.

MPM Certification

After you successfully complete Maine Maritime’s online master’s in international logistics management you’ll be awarded Maritime Port Manager certification from the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE). This certification will further prepare you for your career in logistics and supply chain management.


Maine Maritime is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a nonprofit, non-governmental membership organization. NECHE accreditation is the regionally recognized standard and is the mark a strong academic program.

Alumni Perspective

Victoria Cooper ’17
International Business & Logistics
Saco, ME
Don’t be shy. Try new things. You never know what field you might like. Also, be ambitious and involved while at school. Once you get into the real world, your time will be focused around your career.
Victoria Cooper Photo

Why Study Maritime Management at Maine Maritime Academy?

Graduates of the maritime management program at Maine Maritime gain knowledge in global logistics plus preparation for positions of responsibility in the operation and management of a variety of private and commercial vessels. Learn to skillfully and confidently represent companies and contribute to their strategic effectiveness with this master’s degree that combines online courses in international logistics management and two years of experience in small vessel operations through underway labs, simulator time, and sea time.

Small Online Classes

With online class sizes that average just 10-20 students, you’ll experience an exciting and interactive learning environment at Maine Maritime Academy. You’ll benefit from close student-faculty interaction and get to know other online learners from all over the world who come with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Access to MMA Resources

As an online learner in international logistics management, you’ll have the full support and use of all MMA resources, including the extensive databases offered through the Nutting Memorial Library and access to the IT help desk for any technology-related questions, concerns, or challenges.

Industry-experienced faculty

Learn from Maine Maritime faculty who bring real-world, industry experience to the online classroom. Their experience and knowledge provide you with immediate and practical applications you can use within a variety of industries.

In your on-campus Small Vessel Operations classes, you will also learn from marine transportation faculty who are known across the nation and the world for their expertise.

Sea time and field experience

Learn from Maine Maritime faculty who bring real-world, industry experience to the online classroom. Their experience and knowledge provide you with immediate and practical applications you can use within a variety of industries.

Prepare for maritime careers and complete the 120 sea days required for the 200-ton mate’s license through Maine Maritime’s exceptional laboratories, simulation, and a cooperative work experience. To gain even more experience, you can choose a 60-day elective cruise after your freshman year.

What Can You Do With a Maritime Management Degree?

With Maine Maritime’s online master’s degree in international logistics management you’ll be well-positioned to advance or launch your career as a manager, director, or vice president in logistics, production operations, procurement, inventory management, port and terminal operations, supply chain, transportation, project management, and import and export. Program graduates work for top companies, such as Amazon, Boeing, Caterpillar, FedEx, Georgia Pacific, L.L. Bean, Shell Oil, Target, and the Walt Disney Company.

The small vessel operations degree at Maine Maritime can lead to careers as an officer aboard a tug or barge, a harbor pilot vessel, a U.S. Coast Guard or Navy vessel, tall ship, small passenger vessel, ferry, charter vessel, or yacht.

Career outlook in maritime management

Due to the need for logistics in the transportation of goods in a global economy, employment of logisticians is projected to grow 5% through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How much do maritime management graduates make?

According to a salary survey by DC Velocity, the average salary for logistics careers for those with a master’s degree is $175,817.

Alumni Perspective

Ellen Reynolds ’16
International Logistics Management
Hope, ME
I appreciated the faculty's wealth of knowledge; I found their teaching styles to be exceptional and I appreciated the level of challenge that the program presented.
Ellen Reynolds Photo

Explore Online Courses for the Maritime Management Master’s Degree

The M.S. in Maritime Management program prepares students for the challenges of managing the logistics of global supply chains from both a strategic and operational perspective. The online portion of this program consists of 9 courses; you may take 1 or 2 classes per semester. Classes do not have to be completed in any particular order except for BA660, the program’s capstone course, which will be your last class. Students may take one or two courses per trimester to complete the degree within 2 calendar years.

Courses are offered in the spring, summer, and fall on a trimester system. Students may take one or two courses each semester. The program can be completed in as little as 19 months or up to four years.

  • BA642 | Accounting & Finance for Logistics Professionals
  • BA644 | Economics of Transportation & Logistics
  • BA645 | Managing Organization Development & Change in the Supply Chain
  • BA646 | Fundamentals of International Logistics
  • BA647 | Strategic Marketing for Global Supply Chain Managers
  • BA648 | Integrated International Logistics
  • BA651 | Port & Transport Terminal Operations in Global Logistics
  • BA652 | Production & Operations Management for Manufacturing & Heavy Industry
  • BA660 | Strategic Supply Chain Management. Capstone course. A grade of B minus or better is required

View all courses for the international logistics management degree.

Explore Small Vessel Operations Classes

This rigorous curriculum includes courses in nautical science, vessel operations, small craft technology and construction, terrestrial navigation, meteorology, and more. You’ll further develop communication and other skills valued in the maritime industry through courses in the arts and sciences.

  • Introduction to Vessel Operations
  • Structured Problem Solving with Computer
  • Composition
  • Pre-Calculus Mathematics
  • Introduction to Nautical Science
  • Basic Sailing
  • Ocean Survival
  • USCG Fire Fighting
  • Humanties I
  • Small Craft Technology
  • Small Craft Construction
  • Seamanship
  • Personal Development I
  • Technical Physics I
  • USCG Fire Fighting Live Burn
  • Lifeboat Exam
  • SVO/VOT Cooperative Work Exp I
  • Cargo I
  • Terrestrial Navigation I
  • Terresitial Navigation Lab
  • Introduction to Ocean Science
  • Marine Systems
  • Gened Elective
  • Meterology
  • Navigation Rules
  • Electronics Navigation
  • Electronics Navigation Lab
  • Topics in Small Vessel Operations
  • 200 Ton License Seminar
  • Department Elective

View all courses for the small vessel operations degree.

Department Faculty

Eric Columber
Robert Drach
Adjunct Professor IBL
Kirk Langford
Coordinator GRAD/IBL
Navneet Jain
Associate Professor GRAD/IBL

Get Started on Your Master’s Degree in Maritime Management

Take the next step toward earning your online master’s degree maritime management and 200-ton mate near coastal license at Maine Maritime Academy.


A Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S) from an accredited institution is required. An undergraduate degree in business is not required.

Admissions Dates

Students are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The application deadline is June 1.

Contact an Admissions Representative

If you’re ready to change or advance your career in international logistics, please contact our administrative coordinator.

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Maine Maritime Academy welcomes veterans and has the resources in place to help you transition to student life. Please contact our dedicated admissions representative for veterans.


Maine Maritime Academy welcomes motivated and academically qualified transfer students. Please contact our admissions office to learn more about transferring to Maine Maritime Academy.

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